Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The personal trap
Q. We got engaged during lockdown and are excited to great cracking with planning our wedding. We've got so many ideas, how do we pull it all together to create a coordinated look?
A. Melissa Morley says: Mel says: Once you've picked your venue and set a date, this will lead the way in deciding on a theme. The time of year and the setting are hugely important for starting the process and the next stage can be done with the help of your stationery. You may decide to send save-the-date cards or go straight for the main invitations, whichever route you take, having a concept in mind will help to set the scene and give your guests their first glimpse of what's to come.
There are no rules in picking a theme – you may have something that's important to you both, a favourite film or place. Your stationery designer can then take these ideas and use them as subtly or boldly as you like. If you'd rather focus on colours and choose a style like rustic, luxe or boho for example, these are good starting points too.
The save-the-dates can coordinate with your invitations or you may want to just give a hint as a teaser and save the best bits for the main invitations! This can be done with colours or just taking a different slant with the main design.
To run the theme right through from the invitations to the on-the-day stationery will help to tie everything together and can coordinate with other aspects of your day too. We love floral designs and if you know the type of flowers you're having we can liaise with your florist to create stationery to match. Entwined initials or using your names are another popular way of connecting the wedding stationery, creating a motif with fonts, colours and design to use throughout with stickers to seal the envelopes or you could go for a custom-made stamp and use wax seals.
Melissa Morley,Melmade Stationery
The write stuff
Q. We want our guests to be excited for our big day from the get-go, so getting the stationery right is really important to us. How can we give the best impression, without spending a fortune?
A. Rachael Riches says: Here are some of my tops tips for having great-looking stationery without blowing your budget. They're all small changes, so you'll still get great-looking stationery!
- Select a studio or house design rather than bespoke as this will take your designer less time.
- Ask about different types of card as this can have an impact on the price. To cut costs, opt for a more light-weight option.
- The shape can also make a difference; square is often more expensive and also a flat invitation is less costly than folded.
- A larger number of invitations often works out better value per card than smaller quantities.
- Consider the type of envelope. I tend to use luxury ones to match the stationery however, white ones can be more cost-effective.
- Include the RSVP details on the invitation rather than as a separate card. This is a good idea if you're asking your guests to email replies.
- Print any guest information on matching paper sheets rather than card.
- For order of service or order of the day cards, print on both sides rather than folded with paper inserts.
- Combine table numbers with menus, printing on both sides of the card.
- Have a matching design on your place cards but leave them blank to write on, rather than having your guests' names printed on.
- Have small table plan cards to stick to a mirror rather than a large printed one.
- Finally, book early to make sure there are no charges for urgent, last-minute stationery requirements.
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